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Posted: December 3, 2021

ihscovid19The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results through December 1, 2021.

According to the data, 290,307 tests have returned positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That represents an increase of nearly 0.9 percent from the 287,789 cases previously reported by the IHS on November 28.

Altogether, 3,435,833 coronavirus tests have been administered within the IHS, the results show. That represents an increase of about 0.8 percent from three days prior.

Since mid-October of 2020, the IHS has been providing additional information about the spread of the coronavirus within the system. The cumulative percent positive column shows the historical COVID-19 infection rate, meaning the number of tests that have returned positive since the onset of the pandemic.

Based on the cumulative percent positive, the highest rates have been seen in five areas. Two of them include the state of Arizona, indicating a disproportionate toll of COVID-19 in the state:

The 7-day rolling average positivity column offers a more contemporary look at the impact of the coronavirus. The data shows where COVID-19 cases have been increasing recently.

Based on the 7-day rolling average positivity, 11 out of 12 IHS areas are seeing high COVID-19 rates, marking yet another instance of surges across every region of Indian Country. The 📈 red graph symbol indicates the areas in which positivity rates are on the rise, with multiple symbols indicating notable increases:

Overall, 9.0 percent of IHS tests have been positive since the onset of the pandemic, the data shows. Meanwhile, the 7-day average stands at 10.3 percent following a long period of far lower rates in the spring of 2021.

The data, however, is incomplete. While 100 percent of facilities run directly by the IHS are reporting data, only 33 percent of tribally managed facilities and 44 percent of urban Indian organizations are doing the same, the agency has told Indianz.Com.

Beginning June 7, the IHS began updating its coronavirus data on a weekly basis. But as the number of COVID-19 cases grows again, the agency is updating results on Mondays and Thursdays. During the height of the pandemic throughout 2020 and the first half of 2021, results were provided every day.

COVID-19 Cases by IHS Area

Data are reported from IHS, tribal, and urban Indian organization facilities, though reporting by tribal and urban programs is voluntary. Data reflect cases reported to the IHS through 11:59 pm on December 1, 2021.

IHS Area
7-day rolling
Alaska 867,607 26,788 732,442 3.5% 5.4%
Albuquerque 123,269 9,975 91,989 9.8% 21.5%
Bemidji 240,193 18,614 220,999 7.8% 10.2%
Billings 132,920 10,112 119,038 7.8% 5.8%
California 136,354 13,352 117,536 10.2% 6.2%
Great Plains 198,770 18,063 180,022 9.1% 10.9%
Nashville 123,225 9,962 110,444 8.3% 8.3%
Navajo 368,634 43,388 268,620 13.9% 15.0%
Oklahoma City 775,928 93,028 673,409 12.1% 9.3%
Phoenix 238,315 30,483 206,647 12.9% 16.8%
Portland 180,747 12,548 167,628 7.0% 4.8%
Tucson 49,871 3,994 45,752 8.0% 11.3%
TOTAL 3,435,833 290,307 2,934,526 9.0% 10.3%

COVID-19 testing data is updated on Mondays and Thursdays.

Source: Indian Health Service (
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